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  1. Hi there, I am starting at the University of Alberta in the fall to study Occupational Therapy. I am from Ontario and won't know anyone when I move to Edmonton at the end of August, so I have been looking for a somewhere that current OT students at UofA could tell me what the program is like, or where would be a good area to live in Edmonton - and where other new students looking for roommates could connect. Please comment if you have any advice, or if you will be joining me at the University of Alberta for occupational therapy!
  2. Just wondering if anyone is heading to GCU for OT/PT? Thought it would be a good idea to have a place to ask questions and discuss the process of moving from Canada to the UK!
  3. Hi! For all of the other OT QY Applicants who have received interview invitations, would you be willing to meet up to practice going over MMI practice questions?
  4. Hello fellow DAL OT 2018 Prospective Students! Wanted to start a forum to hear about others who are waiting to hear back from DAL OT from the 2018 application process. I did not receive an email of confirming my application was received (dropped off in person), however my DAL online says status incomplete. I'm guessing this is because I am in the process of completing my Anatomy and Physiology prerequisites. Wondering if anyone else is in the same boat or what your status is? Best of luck! Halifax, NS
  5. Good Evening Everyone!! Happy Holidays! I am just wondering how ORPAS calculates your sGPA depending on terms (spring, winter, fall... the full year..?). I was calculating my sGPA wrong for Occupational Therapy applications. I am not applying next year but will be applying for 2019 entry. I am confused about which grades they will take. I plan on taking alot of courses through Athabasca as my grade in BIOL 235 was NOT good (67%/ 2.3) as i was taking care of some family health issues and it happened to fall almost directly in the middle of my 20 credits. I have looked through the forums and i am still a little confused about how they decide whether to take the course grade, the individual term average (ex: average of spring) or the whole year average (average of fall, winter, spring of year "X"). I know it is a very confusing path as i was on exchange, did courses at AU, was on co-op in the first few years (Winter 2015) and took a personal break to care for a family member. I appreciate anyone's input! I was very discouraged and almost gave up but decided that i wanted to try as hard as i can to get in because i will always wonder "what if i had tried harder" if not. With the BIOL 235 my average is above 3.7 but way too close for comfort for me. All of my other grades are 3.7-4.0 but the way that the calculation happens drops it into a 3.74 or so. Therefore i wanted to try to upgrade my sGPA as i have to wait to apply until next year anyways because my degree won't be completed by June 2018 due to my practicum. Anyways i am just wondering.... 1. What courses would they be calculating for the 20? I was planning on taking enough that it knocks out that BIOL 235 completely as it is worth 1.0. Would they still be taking that even though i have 20 in full semesters counting back to the S17 semester ? I had taken a leave of absence (not documented, just didn't take courses) fall/ winter of the Fall 2016/ Winter 2017 semester except for BIOL 235 which started in May 2016. 2. I started BIOL 235 in May 2016 and the Contract ended in May 2017. Would it count as Spring 2016 or Spring 2017? 3. Do Grad Universities care if you took Athabasca courses and therefore take other courses from before? Are there any courses that they WONT take? 4. Do the Grad universities care about course levels (ex: 100, 200 not taken over 300 level?) Notes: The red font courses were taken on exchange and BIOL 235 was taken at Athabasca (all passed, but exchange courses just say "pass" on my University Transcript). The other courses down below are what i have planned. I am doing my final internship of 560 hours at my school in Fall 2018 but it won't count towards my marks as it is a practicum. Thanks guys!!
  6. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone could shed insight on my chances of getting into an Ontario OT program? I'm really interested in applying, however I'm not sure if I should wait a year to improve my odds if needed, or just go ahead and take the chance! If I calculated correctly, I should have a subGPA of exactly 3.8 (I took a few credits worth of practicum, the experience was great but there were repercussions regarding my GPA as Ontario schools don't take practicum grades). My extracurriculars include 169 hours volunteering with a counselling service, 144 hours of practicum working with a municipal government (I designed after-school type programs for marginalized youth), and was later hired to work with said municipality, 192 hours of practicum working with a behavioural therapist and individuals with developmental disabilities, and I'm currently volunteering with/shadowing an OT who's clients include individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. At first I felt pretty confident, however after reading some other forums I've seen how hard working and prepared other applicants are! Any insight in appreciated
  7. Hello, successful UofT applicants! First of all, congrats! I’m sure the last few months of waiting weren’t the least stressful of your life but you’ve made it through. I’m presently an OT1 at UofT and also part of the O-Week Team for next September. With any luck, I’ll be an OT2 by the time you all join us in the Fall. I just wanted to open up this forum an opportunity for newly accepted OT students at UofT to get to know each other a little bit ahead of time and maybe answer a few questions (from a student’s perspective) along the way. After you have accepted your offer letter to UofT you should receive more information regarding O-Week and the program in general. A Facebook group will also be made available to you as well. WELCOME!
  8. Hello everyone, I had a question regarding the admission process to UBC's MOT program. For those who have been accepted into the program and/or are current/past students, I was wondering what your course load was like in the last two years of your undergrad? I know this is not listed anywhere on UBC's MOT program website, but I have came across some programs in other provinces which state that they prefer students who can demonstrate their ability to manage a full course load. I plan on taking 3 courses per semester for my last two years of undergrad, but am contemplating whether I should increase it to 4 courses in case taking fewer courses might influence my admission. If anyone has taken a similar course load and has been accepted, please feel free to share your experiences! Also, in regards to the volunteer/work experience requirement, I have been volunteering at a seniors' care facility for 3.5 years (this will increase to 5+ years during the time of my application), where I help feed residents in the special care unit, assist recreation staff with programs/games, and have one-to-one conversations with the residents. I have also just started a volunteer position with the OT department at a hospital, where I will be assisting the rehab assistant with small group exercises. Do you think these two positions will be considered strong for my application? Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks everyone
  9. hi, i was hoping to get some insight into McMaster's OT program? How are you liking it, the pros/cons. Anything would be helpful!
  10. Hello, I have just completed my fourth year in Molecular Genetics with a cGPA of 3.37. I had a dismal first year (2.67) but I have somewhat recovered my GPA next three years (3.49, 3.57, 3.8 in summer, 3.77, respectively). My dream goal when I entered the university is to go into medicine, but after the horrible first year I had, I knew that wasn't an option. Only viable choice at this point to have a chance at medical school is going for second undergraduate degree, but I am not ready for another 4 years of study that I feel is wasteful (Also unsure on what to do- I don't really have a passion in any pursuing other degree. Question here: is second undergrad always 4 years? Can it be still in science? if it can, wouldn't a lot of prerequisites overlap?) and I wanted to work/research as soon as possible. Now I am looking to go into research and although I am hesitant to say that I loved research, I did find the the experience in two labs that I had been in as an undergraduate interesting. I applied to three different departments in U of T (Laboratory medicine and pathobiology, molecular genetics, cell system biology) and I have been rejected by the latter two. I doubt I get into the LMP with my GPA. In upcoming fall/winter semester, I am going to take bunch of courses to boost up my gpa, and possibly take some prerequisites for occupational therapy/physiotherapy/nursing program. I am going to try my luck in masters program again, but I will definitely apply to the above three programs as a backup. But then now I realize that even becoming the physiotherapist is a tough road, when I saw that the mean accepted GPA was 3.75 GPA (whopping 1000 applicants!) I'll try to put up a 4.0 this semester and hopefully get in. Anyone have experience in the physiotherapy/occupational therapy program? I have heard quite the same thing from nursing applicants, where you need ~3.7 to have decent chance at getting accepted. I would like to hear from one of you what my chance is. I have over ~500 hours of volunteer experience working in wheelchair escort/ chemo clinic/ symptom screening/ critical care unit at Sunnybrook. Even if I was to get accepted into one of these programs, how is the job market for them? I know there are tons of openings for nursing (Another question for any nurses out there: Do RNs get to coordinate nurses to do bedside work rather than doing those themselves?) but was not sure for PT/OT. Also, If I was to do a degree in one of these, which program would be the most easiest to get good GPA in? (Just curious; I don't want to completely rule out medical school). Thanks for your advice!
  11. Hi guys! I received offers from both U of T and U of A but I am torn. For those who chose either U of T or U of A, could you share the reasons why you chose this school? And any differences between these schools? I know U of A is a 26-month program while U of T is 24 months. What should I take into account while making choices? Thank you
  12. I have a sGPA of 3.6 with a Kinesiology degree from Waterloo, what're the chances of getting into OT at Western, Queens, UoT or PT at Queens? I have some experience and pretty good references (acted as a research assistant in a brain and body lab + volunteering at a physio clinic. Please let me know ASAP, I'm not sure if i should take a couple extra courses or not, I appreciate any help given, cheers.
  13. What are your top choices for OT or PT and why? I want to go into OT but the programs seem similar to me in terms of curriculum. Does anyone have any helpful info/links distinguishing the programs from one another and what factors would personally influence your decision to choose one school over another? I've applied to UBC, Queens, Western, UofT, Alberta (all OT), McMaster (OT and PT).
  14. Hi Everyone! I am a current year 1 student OT, and I know how stressful application/interviews are! I can do my best to answer any general questions you may have about the process and more importantly the program/what to expect! I am at McMaster so keep in mind mind that this program is quite different than some of the others Good luck everyone!
  15. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone knows how to convert letter grades from Ontario universities to a UBC percentage scale? My school has a 12-point grade scale, so I figured the recent UBC cut off of 82%/A- would simply convert to a 10 out of 12 average. However, that introduces the problem of a 10 being anything from 80-84%, so I was wondering if UBC converts these letter grades differently. Any help is appreciated!
  16. Hi all, I was just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on or experiences with studying occupational therapy abroad? I would love to work in another country, preferably the UK, early on in my career before I come back and settle in Canada. However, I'm not sure how my degree would transfer over, and even if it's a good idea to study something like OT abroad...quite frankly I don't know where to start looking for that information! Hence why I'm here Any help is appreciated!
  17. Hi guys! (sorry in advance for the long-winded post). I'm planning to apply to Dalhousie for OT 2017 admission, however I have to take the physiology (6 credit hours) and anatomy (3 credit hours) pre-requisites in order to apply. I will also apply to a few other schools (U of T/Queens/McMaster) and UBC), however Dal is my top choice (just based on location). Thus, I'm stuck spending this semester (sept 2016) and next (Jan 2017) getting those pre-reqs! I am trying to decide from which online university I should take physiology, as I am having trouble getting into any UVic or Camosun Physiology classes because seats are offered to kinesiology students first and generally reach saturation. Has anyone taken Bio 230 (Human physiology - 6 CH) through Athabasca? Online reviews for Athabasca are awful, but when I look at the syllabus for Bio 230 it doesn't seem that demanding, plus I will have 8 months to work through the course. Please let me know if you've personally taken this course before, or recommend alternate online courses! I am going to try to enroll in my Anatomy pre-req here at UVic as it doesn't have the same kines restriction that the physiology ones do, and I *think* classroom learning is generally easier, although I do work 3 part-time jobs at the moment so flexibility is also key. *As a note, I have no physiology or anatomy background, but do have chemistry/physics/biology/math from my undergrad (though, that was over 6 years ago now). **As a second note, I did enroll in TRU's Bio 3701 Advanced Anatomy last year (because their intro anatomy was full) and completely bombed it, even though I am an anal A+ student generally. So, I really want to avoid a repeat experience and thousands of dollars down the drain. SO I guess on that note I do in fact have anatomy experience, although I think I've tried to black out most of it. THANKS SO MUCH! Chantele
  18. Hello everyone! Although applications have long been completed, I hope some of you are still active on this board I was just wondering if anyone here went on a study exchange (preferably in the UK) and would be able to share their experiences with the grade conversions either with ORPAS or with other universities outside on Ontario? The UK grade scale is very different from Canada, it's proving to be a bit of a headache! Thanks in advance!
  19. Hi everyone, Hope everybody got good news on admissions day! I know the wait for results is nervewracking and deciding where to go (if you were lucky and got into more than one program) can also be difficult. I'm currently a student in the first year of the OT program at U of T and if anyone has any questions about the program, I'd be happy to answer. Also an FYI: I don't come from a science background, so if any non-traditional applicants have any questions/worries (I know that I did last year), I can definitely tell you more about what it's like to enter the program Congratulations to everyone that got into OT - the competition is always tough. And to those that didn't - hang in there. I know amazingly smart and capable people currently in my program that applied to it in previous cycles and did not get in, but are now thriving!
  20. Did anyone else get an MMI invite for McGill OT QY yesterday? I got one yesterday
  21. Hello everyone, I am a student occupational therapist who will soon be starting a scholarly paper based on the scenario posted below, and I am wondering if anyone might have any suggestions as to possible assessments and interventions (based in explicit theory), or perhaps know of any clinical contacts. Thanks in advance. Susan is a 17 year old girl who was diagnosed at age 15 with multiple sclerosis. She had her first exacerbation 6 months ago and has made minimal progress since that time. She is ambulatory; however, she presents with an ataxic gait. Her standing balance is poor and she fatigues easily. Susan has an intention tremor, predominantly on the right side. She has a great deal of difficulty performing functional activities with her right hand. She is unable to write with a pen or pencil but can access and use a keyboard quite well with her left hand. She is able to perform some bilateral skills, if she uses her right hand as a stabilizer. She also has double vision which is corrected with glasses. Susan lives with her parents. Her family is Greek is very involved in the Greek community. Susan’s mother assists her with dressing, personal hygiene and drives her to and from school. Her mother has back problems, however, and has been unable to attend her own physical therapy appointments due to her desire to be available for Susan. Susan is in a two storey high school. An educational assistant who is assigned to other students provides some informal support. As this does not meet all of Susan’s educational and physical assistance needs, her mother comes in to the school at lunchtime to help her with lunch and going to the washroom. You receive this referral as an OT working in School Health Support Services.
  22. Hi! I'm having a very difficult time deciding between Queen's and Dalhousie for OT. I'm interested in mental health and pediatrics. I'm looking for anyone's opinions on the pros/cons of each school. Thank you!
  23. Hello! I figured I would start this thread for those who know they are heading to Dal in September. It's driving me a bit crazy that we haven't received much information about the coming year. So we can use this space to meet each other, and maybe create a facebook group? Perhaps find roommates, etc. So excited to meet you guys!!!
  24. Hey everyone! I'm new to this forum and I just had a question to ask you guys regarding OT admissions. I found out today that I am number 8 on the wait list at University of Manitoba and I honestly feel so devastated. I was just wondering if there's a chance for me yet to get in for this September with being number 8 on the alternate list. I know there's no way of truly knowing, but do you guys think there's a chance or seen it happen in past years? See the problem is that the email they sent me today said they only have 2 more spots to fill their class of 50 students. This obviously makes me think that I have zero chance now but I wonder if anyone maybe accepted their position at u of m for now to secure a spot but only because they're still waiting to hear back from a more desired school? Or have you heard of anyone just backing out and come say, August they need to contact people on the wait list? Any help would be so extremely appreciated. Just feeling so defeated right now so any glimmer of hope would help.
  25. Hi fellow applicants! I got the e-mail last night to activate my Western Student Identity number - thing is, when I went to do it, it wouldn't work. I realized later that this may be because I am already a Western student (and therefore have activated that account 5 years ago). I couldn't find an e-mail address to ask this to so I figured I would ask you guys and see if anyone else was having problems. Also, just out of curiosity, did ALL applicants receive this e-mail? (Just trying to figure out if they have already made a first cut or not) Thanks!! Good luck guys!
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